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County Fair Draft Horse Chairman Thrown from Wagon, Killed

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Just weeks after the Ohio State Fair incident that killed one and injured several more, another fair has turned deadly. The Meadville Tribune reports that Wednesday afternoon, 64-year-old Charles E. Burns, the chairman of the draft horse competition department, was killed when he was thrown from his horse-drawn wagon as he rode around the horse ring of the Crawford County Fair in Pennsylvania. According to witnesses, Burns was driving a wagon pulled by a team of draft horses when it made a sharp turn, throwing Burns forward beneath the hooves of the giants. The horses became spooked and began bucking. Emergency ... Read More

MBTA Train Conductor Suffers Leg Amputation on the Job

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A railroad conductor suffered a leg amputation after falling from a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail train Aug. 7 while performing a safety check. MBTA conductor Donald David, 29, was performing a routine safety check as the commuter train was rolling into Brandeis Commuter Rail station in Waltham, Massachusetts, when something caused him to lose his footing and fall from the train, according to WHDH Channel 7 Boston. The train then ran over his leg. Mr. David, who had worked for MBTA for five years, was taken to the hospital with a serious leg injury that required doctors ... Read More

New Orleans Elevator Malfunction Injures Five Workers

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An elevator malfunction at the scene of a luxury condo development in New Orleans injured five construction workers July 28 and triggered an investigation by federal safety officials. The elevator inside The Standard plummeted seven stories to the ground with 11 construction workers inside. Amazingly, only five of the workers were injured and the most serious injury was a fractured foot. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent inspectors to the construction site at South Rampart and Julia Streets to open an investigation. The investigation is still underway. It could take weeks for a preliminary report and months before ... Read More

Georgia Quarry Mining Death Triggers Investigation

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Federal investigators are looking for answers in a mining accident that killed a quarry worker last month near Athens, Georgia. Online Athens reports that officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will be at Blue Sky Quarries in Oglethorpe County to interview witnesses, inspect the work site and equipment, and “ultimately, write up a report of their findings, which may include enforcement against the mine operator,” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said, according to Online Athens. The accident occurred when 36-year-old Matthew Walter Kanala IV of Elberton, Georgia, was driving wedges into a section of rock at the ... Read More

Train Conductor’s Arm Amputation Triggers Lawsuit

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An accidental arm amputation is the basis of a former railroad conductor’s lawsuit against Pan Am Railways. The lawsuit, filed by former Pan Am Railways conductor Matthew Larson in New York Supreme Court in Schenectady, alleges that the regional railway failed to provide a safe working environment by making sure the tracks were clear of debris, the Albany Times Union reports. Mr. Larson, 22, of Rensselaer County, New York, was on a train approaching a switch to the main line Dec. 15. He was giving a countdown to the engineer when an object, believed to be a tree limb, pulled ... Read More

Family of film worker Killed By CSX Train Awarded $3.9M

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A Chatham County, Georgia, jury ordered CSX Transportation to pay nearly $4 million to the family of a film crew member killed on a railroad trestle in 2014 during the shooting of a biopic about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was run over by a CSX freight train and killed during the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” on Feb. 20, 2014. The crew was on a railroad trestle in Southeastern Georgia filming a scene with actor William Hurt, who was cast to play Mr. Allman, when a CSX train barreled through ... Read More

Stuntman Killed On Set of The Walking Dead

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A stuntman filming for AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead died last week from injuries he suffered from a fall on the show’s set in Georgia. John Bernecker, 33, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday, July 12, after falling more than 20 feet from a balcony on The Walking Dead set to a concrete floor below. He died at 6:30 p.m. the same day from blunt force trauma, including a head injury, Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said. The Walking Dead has been filmed in and around the town of Senoia, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta, since it ... Read More

Air Canada Flight Nearly Lands On Crowded SFO Taxiway

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A “potentially catastrophic” aviation disaster was narrowly averted Friday, July 7, when an Air Canada flight started to descend onto a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport where four passenger jets were waiting to take off. Air Canada Flight A759, arriving at SFO from Toronto, was cleared to land just before midnight on runway 28R, which runs parallel to the taxiway where planes line up to enter the runway for takeoff, the Mercury News reported. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials continue to investigate why the Air Canada pilots confused the strips and mistakenly set a course to land on the ... Read More

Goodwill Driver Fired After Witnessing Coworker’s Horrific Death

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A former Goodwill truck driver who witnessed a coworker’s horrific on-the-job death last September says that the charitable organization fired him when he returned from a weeklong break to deal with the psychological trauma of the accident. Dave Goudie, 56, told The Sacramento Bee that instead of providing sympathy and support in the wake of the gruesome accident, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada instead fired him after he returned to work from a paid administrative leave. Mr. Goudie told The Bee Goodwill fired him in retaliation for being a safety-minded employee who had warned the organization about multiple ... Read More

Worker Death at Deadly Detroit-Area Steel Plant Under Investigation

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A 32-year-old worker fell to his death May 22 while working at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Steel mill in Ecorse, Michigan, just outside Detroit. The death was the fourth to occur at the plant in less than four years. Ecorse authorities have released little information about the worker’s death, saying only that the man fell 20 feet to his death and that city police and fire services were not called because the company keeps its own emergency personnel. The Southgate News Herald reported that Ecorse police “confirmed that a man working at U.S. Steel was killed at about 3:30 a.m. Monday ... Read More